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Archbishop Mark Coleridge to move to Brisbane

By nanzan - 3 April 2012 52

The Australian Catholic Bishops’ Conference has just announced this evening that the Catholic Archbishop of Canberra, Mark Coleridge, has been appointed to the Archdiocese of Brisbane.

Archbishop Coleridge came to Canberra from Melbourne, a few years ago, where he had been an auxiliary bishop. It has long been rumoured that he wasn’t going to be staying in Canberra for very long, and that he would probably end up with an appointment to an archdiocese with a larger population. (Bishop Coleridge had replaced the much-loved, and long-serving Archbishop of Canberra, Francis Carroll, who retired to Wagga Wagga.)

Archbishop Coleridge was heavily involved in the new translation of the Roman Missal, which has been rolled out, with some controversy, across Australia (and other English-speaking countries) over the last year.

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Archbishop Mark Coleridge to move to Brisbane
bigfeet 6:37 am 04 Apr 12

LSWCHP said :

Speaking entirely for myself, rather than as a representative of the ACT League of Atheists or anything like that, I really don’t give a rats as long as whoever it is stays well away from me and my family.

I agree.

I subscribe to the “Religions are like Penises” theory.

I’m happy for you if you have got one, or found one, that gives you pleasure. Just don’t ever take it out in public and don’t try to jam it down my throat.

c_c 10:56 pm 03 Apr 12

Should we read anything into the fact this announcement that’s he’s moving to Sunny Queensland comes right before the colder months in Canberra?

southernyassfella 10:18 pm 03 Apr 12

nanzan said :

housebound said :

Does that mean the development of St Patrick’s is now off the table?

I don’t know how it will affect things regarding Saint Patrick’s Church at Braddon…but it has certainly been a thorn in the side of the archbishop…but these sort of thorns are to be found everywhere in every diocese.

(It’s interesting that this comes at the time when the sudden announcement regarding the change in location for the new Catholic secondary school in Gungahlin has been made. The school, John Paul College, was to built in Throsby, but is now to be built in Nicholls…the precise location of which has not been revealed, but apparently somewhere adjacent to Holy Spirit Primary School.)

Apparently the school is supposed to be built on block 20 section 73, between near were the government were considering for the new hospital (not!) and where the monks were supposed to be building their Buddist temple, which is now going to be relocated to another location, even though i looks like they already have a fence up for it..

LSWCHP 10:07 pm 03 Apr 12

Speaking entirely for myself, rather than as a representative of the ACT League of Atheists or anything like that, I really don’t give a rats as long as whoever it is stays well away from me and my family.

Pork Hunt 9:11 pm 03 Apr 12

Who cares as long as the replacement isn’t a paedofile…

nanzan 8:38 pm 03 Apr 12

HenryBG said :

nanzan said :

…., I have heard, just as a rumour, that Fr John Woods has been suggested.

I *don’t* think so.

Canberra will be looking for a bishop who has his finger on the pulse of what the *adults* in the ACT are getting up to.

I don’t think I understand this post….

nanzan 8:37 pm 03 Apr 12

Bad Seed said :

I’d be surprised if they appoint anyone quickly given there are other dioceses in Australia eg Melbourne that have been without heads for a very long time. Have heard a few rumours today too but I suspect they are just wild speculation. I do know AB Mark was booked to do Bad Seedling’s Confirmation in June so suspect there will be a few juggling in the office to rearrange all those atm.

Any chance it might be Bishop Pat Power? He is the auxiliary bishop after all. If it was the people who elected their bishops I reckon Bishop Pat would get the job hands down.

Mr Evil 8:14 pm 03 Apr 12

As long as we don’t get a paedophile in the new job, then I don’t really care who gets the nod.

Bad Seed 6:58 pm 03 Apr 12

I’d be surprised if they appoint anyone quickly given there are other dioceses in Australia eg Melbourne that have been without heads for a very long time. Have heard a few rumours today too but I suspect they are just wild speculation. I do know AB Mark was booked to do Bad Seedling’s Confirmation in June so suspect there will be a few juggling in the office to rearrange all those atm.

HenryBG 6:52 pm 03 Apr 12

nanzan said :

…., I have heard, just as a rumour, that Fr John Woods has been suggested.

I *don’t* think so.

Canberra will be looking for a bishop who has his finger on the pulse of what the *adults* in the ACT are getting up to.

nanzan 6:09 pm 03 Apr 12

housebound said :

Does that mean the development of St Patrick’s is now off the table?

I don’t know how it will affect things regarding Saint Patrick’s Church at Braddon…but it has certainly been a thorn in the side of the archbishop…but these sort of thorns are to be found everywhere in every diocese.

(It’s interesting that this comes at the time when the sudden announcement regarding the change in location for the new Catholic secondary school in Gungahlin has been made. The school, John Paul College, was to built in Throsby, but is now to be built in Nicholls…the precise location of which has not been revealed, but apparently somewhere adjacent to Holy Spirit Primary School.)

nanzan 6:05 pm 03 Apr 12

Alan Shore said :

Any word on his replacement? I heard some scuttlebutt about Eugene Hurley, but that may just have been wishful thinking.

I hadn’t heard that but that is an interesting idea.

Wouldn’t it be nice, though, if the next bishop actually came from within the archdiocese, that is to say, a priest already working here. In that vein, I have heard, just as a rumour, that Fr John Woods has been suggested.

Alan Shore 5:43 pm 03 Apr 12

Any word on his replacement? I heard some scuttlebutt about Eugene Hurley, but that may just have been wishful thinking.

poetix 10:37 am 03 Apr 12

Well, if you limit the number of potential bishops by 50%, this sort of thing is going to happen.

housebound 10:19 am 03 Apr 12

Does that mean the development of St Patrick’s is now off the table?

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